Members' Day and Annual Meeting 2018
Sponsored by Nimick Forbesway Foundation
Saturday, May 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Barn at Fallingwater; Bear Run Nature Reserve, Mill Run, Pa.

Please note that Members’ Day is held rain or shine!  In addition to the scheduled hikes, there are activities under shelter and indoors, as well as Fallingwater tours.  Indoor seating is available for breakfast and the buffet lunch. 

 Return to registration page





8:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Continental Breakfast in the Barn at Fallingwater

Coffee, tea, pastries and fruit.

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.


Birding Hike (easy-moderate)

Search out the early birds during a 1.5 mile hike along Tissue Lane and the Peninsula Trail in Bear Run Nature Reserve.

9:00 to 10:45 a.m.


Brisk Nature Walk (moderate)

Enjoy this faster-paced hike along a Bear Run trail.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.


Family Hike and Nature Bioblitz (easy)

Loop through the forest with WPC naturalists and discover interesting plants, insects and amphibians.

8:45 to 9:05 a.m.

Info Session

Redbuds and Community Trees

Learn more about the Pittsburgh Redbud Project and how the Conservancy is working to increase the region’s street tree canopy.

9:15 to 9:35 a.m.

Info Session

Restoring Bat Habitat in Indian Caverns

Learn about the Conservancy’s unusual land purchase in Spruce Creek and the work to restore a former tourist attraction into ideal habitat for bats.

9:45 to 10:05 a.m.

Info Session

How Did the Fish Cross the Road?

Find out what Aquatic Organism Passage is, why it’s important and how the Conservancy is improving habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

10:15 to 10:35 a.m.

Info Session

Coral Bells and Cliff Scaling

Hear how a botanist and a professor used social media and rappelling equipment to discover an imperiled flower species on the Shikellamy Cliffs above the Susquehanna River.

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.


Children’s Activity

Upstairs in the Barn

11:00 a.m. to Noon


Members’ Meeting in Fireplace Room, lower level of the Barn

2017 overview of Conservancy work by President Tom Saunders, The return of the Piping Plover to the Lake Erie shore, Preserving a piece of history: Hickman Chapel, Allegheny County Parks Assessments: Improving the health and sustainability of our parks, Learning through Architecture: Design Thinking at Fallingwater, Bringing our stream banks back to life: a natural solution for clean water, Meet the new Director of Fallingwater

Noon to 2:00 p.m.


Lunch Buffet

Enjoy a selection of hearty grilled food and vegetarian dishes.  $18 for adults, free for children 10 and under. Please make reservations in advance.

Noon to 2:00 p.m.


Live Music by Mike Medved

Enjoy well-known favorites and original music from Mike Medved, a singer-songwriter and musician from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.  Mike plays in musical venues, wineries, and weddings throughout the region and has performed in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas at SXSW.

1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Info Session

Off the Wall and Out of the Stream: Recent Fallingwater Art Conservation

Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation will discuss the recent conservation performed on key pieces of the art collection, including the portrait of Edgar Kaufmann, Sr. and the “Mother and Child” sculpture recently conserved following 2017 storm damage that toppled it into Bear Run.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


Crafts for Children

Fallingwater craft projects for children, Upper Barn

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


High Meadow Tour

4 tours in 30 minute intervals; reservations required

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Get to Know Bear Run (moderate-rugged)

Explore the distant reaches of Bear Run Nature Reserve up to the slope of Laurel Mountain.  Some nature interpretation is included.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Wildflower Walk at Ohiopyle State Park (moderate)

Enjoy a slower hike while learning about native plants and identification tips from a botanist (drive or carpool to Ohiopyle State Park).

1:15 to 2:45 p.m.


Fallingwater Landscape Hike #1 (moderate)

Explore the beautiful landscape that inspired the Kaufmann family and Frank Lloyd Wright.

1:45 to 3:15 p.m.


Fallingwater Landscape Hike #2 (moderate)

Explore the beautiful landscape that inspired the Kaufmann family and Frank Lloyd Wright.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


Backpacking and Camping Primer (moderate)

Enjoy a quick-paced hike to a Bear Run campsite and learn how to prep and set up an overnight camp.